Crime & Courts

Wrong place, wrong time to test car’s limits

The arresting officer clocked the Infiniti as traveling at 100 mph in a 55 mph zone.Mr. High, whose wife appeared with him in court, has had no prior traffic convictions. “I’m very sorry. I regret what I did,” he told the judge.“In my day,” Parker confessed, “I had the tendency to see what a car can do.” Still, the judge saw to it that High would spend this coming weekend in jail, pay a fine, and perform community service. […]

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Back in court: Latest Lee DWI charge goes to grand jury

Lee’s attorney, Frank Reynolds, explained before court that the two DWI 2nd offenses were in different jurisdictions, and because neither had yet been adjudicated they both stood as second offenses. But that status did not last long. Minutes later, District Court Judge J. Gregory Ashwell signed off on an agreement that sends one of the DWI offenses to the grand jury for indictment as a third offense on March 11. […]

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Strike one up for the good guys

A Jamaican man, as CNN reported this month, chose the wrong person to try to extort and threaten with bodily harm: Bill Webster of FBI and CIA fame. The past director of both the FBI and CIA, Webster and his wife Lynda, who have a home in Rappahannock County, were first targeted four years ago by the Jamaican man peddling a telephone lottery scam. […]

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Wrongful death settlement in 2015 Chester Gap killing

After the criminal proceeding in Rappahannock County, Brittney’s mother, Tina, sued Williams in Warren County Circuit Court, charging wrongful death. A wrongful death suit is a civil proceeding usually brought by the victim’s surviving family members seeking compensation for such things as lost wages, lost companionship, or funeral expenses. […]

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Obenshain responds, ignores Goff’s concerns

Instead, his legislative aide would only provide the Rappahannock News with the senator’s letter to Goff, dated Feb. 8, in which Obenshain pointed to unrelated portions of Senate Bill 1430 and its companion SB 1431 requiring conflict of interest (COIA) training and freedom of information training (FOIA) for local government officials every two years. […]

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Rappahannock Circuit Judge Jeffrey Parker to retire

Parker has presided over some of Rappahannock’s highest profile and most controversial cases, including suits arising out of plans made in 2013 by the town of Washington, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Inn at Little Washington to beautify the Washington town square at the intersection where Main Street meets Middle Street in front of the Inn. […]

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Four indicted for booze, meth, guns and larceny

According to the criminal complaint filed Sept. 7, 2018, Virginia State Trooper C. C Burgoon saw two vehicles on Route 522 traveling at 35 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The vehicles seemed to be traveling together. When he activated his lights and siren, the two vehicles pulled into the Hillsdale Country Store on Route 211. […]

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Bragg v BOS ordered to trial: ‘Time to resolve this matter,’ says judge

Last Thursday, Judge Parker heard a list of outstanding issues that needed to be resolved before the case — which he said has dragged out for two years — goes to trial. County Attorney Art Goff and local attorney Mike Brown, both representing the BOS, argued that several points made by Bragg should be dismissed because they were irrelevant or invalid. Bragg’s attorney, David Konick, argued successfully that the allegations had merit. […]

Crime & Courts

Llama farmer’s lawsuits against county government, taxpayers move forward in court

Stonewall-Hawthorne supervisor Chris Parrish, named in both Bragg cases, observed the Tuesday hearing. Afterward, in a brief interview, Parrish questioned the merits of the case. “David [Konick] said that when he opens his file he says he ‘wonders what this case is all about,’” Parrish said. “It just shows that the case has no merit.” […]